In most homes you can find many chemicals, used for cleaning or taking care of the lawn. Most of these chemicals are removed from water by waste treatment facilities before the water is returned to rivers, streams, and lakes, but certain chemicals found in cleaners and other household chemicals - like ammonia, phosphorus, and nitrogen - are not removed by the treatment process. That means when cleaning products are rinsed down the drain or flushed down the toilet, they are getting into our surface water and affecting fish like Frannie!
Many of these products can be replaced with simple, environmentally-friendly options that you can buy in the store or make yourself! Follow this easy recipe with Frannie to make your own cleaners!
Here's what you'll need:
- A spray bottle for each Girl Scout
- Large stickers
- Decorative stickers
- Small measuring cups
- Dish Soap
- Baking Soda
- Optional - essential oil (orange and lemon are great for cleaners!)
Here's what you do:
1. Have the Girl Scouts write the following recipe and directions on their sticker for future use:
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon dish soap
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
2. Allow the girls to decorate their bottles with stickers.
3. Use the funnel to add the baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar to your spray bottle. Shake the ingredients in the bottle.
4. Let it sit for a minute and fill the bottle with warm water and shake it up.
5. Optional - add one to two drops of essential oil to the spray bottle mixture to give it a more pleasant scent.
6. Replace the cap, shake, and enjoy!
Share pictures of your Girl Scouts creating their own environmentally-friendly cleaners!